“Disarming Genres”

Artists Space Exhibitions

Independent video’s woeful lack of distribution is matched only by television’s ubiquity; and as a result some of the best independent video examines its culturally potent mass-media counterpart. Curator Micki McGee has brought together work that draws on and analyzes familiar film and television genres. By subverting the seductiveness of media staples, the artists represented here hope to subvert the genres’ prescribed endings toward more interactive concepts of the viewer’s role.

Dry Kisses Only, 1990, by Kaucyi la Brooke and Jane Cottis is a witty and incisive look at lesbian subtexts in conventional Hollywood productions. The narrator, who appears in “familiar” TV settings, anchors clips from various films with commentary that is by turns playful and serious. Brooke and Cottis portray lesbian relationships that are routinely repressed in overt texts of mainstream films while simultaneously

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